The 2017 Tour of the Alps officially met the international press today, February 17th, 2017, during the Biathlon World Championships in Austria’s Hochfilzen. On the occasion, the 2.HC cycling event pursuing the tradition of 40-year-old Giro del Trentino, now under the aegis of Euregio Tirol- Südtirol-Trentino, announced the list of the 18 teams at the start of the 5-day stage race to be held from 17th to 21st of April.
Representing the three Euregional territories on the occasion were Josef Margreiter, Director of Tirol Werbung, Thomas Aichner, President of IDM Südtirol, and Elisa Rosati of Trentino Marketing. Also attending were Osttirol Director Franz Theurl and Ralph Denk, Team Manager of the Bora-Hansgrohe Team.
The 2017 Tour of the Alps will feature 18 teams at the start and see renowned international cyclists racing on the Tirol, Sudtirol and Trentino’s streets and mountains. The lineup includes 2016 Giro del Trentino’s winner Mikel Landa (Team Sky).
A total of 144 cyclists will compete in the event, with 7 UCI World Teams to be joined by 7 Professional Teams, 3 Continental Teams and 1 National team.
Here’s the list of the 18 teams:
World Tour Teams
AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ)
BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
BORA – HANSGROHE (GER)
CANNONDALE – DRAPAC (USA)
TEAM SKY (GBR)
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI (ITA)
AQUA BLUE SPORT (IRL)
BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA (ESP)
GAZPROM – RUSVELO (RUS)
NIPPO – VINI FANTINI (ITA)
WILIER TRIESTINA (ITA)
BIKE AID (GER)
SANGEMINI – MG. K VIS (ITA)
TIROL CYCLING TEAM (AUT)
Former Italian champion Francesco Moser attended the presentation in Hochfilzen alongside Georg Totschnig, stage winner at 2005 Tour de France, one of the most important Austrian riders ever. “On the road to 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, we’re confident the Tour of the Alps becoming a milestone for the best riders and also improving the quality of Austrian cycling further”, host Josef Margreiter, Tirol Werbung Director, said.
“We’re extremely happy with the race line-up – organizing committee President Giacomo Santini explained – that shows the prestige our new race quickly acquired in the international cycling. The breathtaking course we drew looks as the perfect landscape where a huge number of top teams and riders will ensure a great display”.
The 2017 route:
Stage 1 – Monday April 17th
Kufstein-Innsbruck/Hungerburg, km 142,3
Altitude: 2075m. Difficulty: **
Stage 2 – Tuesday April 18th
Innsbruck-Innervillgraten, km 195,8
Altitude: 2539m. Difficulty: **
Stage 3 – Wednesday April 19th
Villabassa/Niederdorf-Funes/Villnöß, km 143,1
Altitude: 3742m. Difficulty: ****
Stage 4 – Thursday April 20th
Bolzano/Bozen-Cles, km 165,3
Altitude: 3459m. Difficulty: ***
Stage 5 – Friday April 21st
Smarano-Trento, km 199,6
Altitude: 3759m. Difficulty: ****